Friday, April 18, 2008

Front Page News

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trinity vs. East Elementary

Bob Williams, a Greenville native, took this aerial photo to show how close Trinity is to our school.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Judge denies adding defendant to Trinity suit

Published in the Sharon Herald
Date: March 7, 2008
Written by: Monica Pryts
Summary by: Halie

The U.S district Judge Arthur J. Schwab, Pittburgh, on Tuesday, denied Trinity's request to file a second amended complaint that added the parent company of former Greenville Steel Car Co. to the lawsuit. The amendments to the lawsuit were due by Nov. 30, but the Trinity attorney, Leonard Ambrose of Erie did not return a message on Tuesday.

Steel Car changed their name to Greenlease Holding Co. in 1986 when Trinity bought the property according to court documents filed Feb. 15 by Trinity. Trinity claims that they should not be the only company to clean up all the hazardous waste at the site of its former railcar plant. Steel Car was at the north plant from 1922 until 1986.

Trinity believes that Steel Car used products and chemicals that included hazardous substances that may continue to contaminate the site. So they should have to help clean up the site. In early 2006, Trinity was charged by the state Attorney General's office for illegally dumping at the railcar site.

An agreement was reached December 2006 which ordered Trinity to CLEAN UP THE SITE and have to pay $254,502 in fines. And they also had to pay a $50,000 contribution to nonprofit organizations. All of it is paid off.

On June 28, Trinity sued Commerce Park and its director William E. Marsteller which bought Trinity's north plant in 2004. Commerce Park says Trinity put all the cemicals in the ground so Commerce Park should not be responsible for helping Trinity with the clean up.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Trinity Pays Fines

Amanda and Michaela podcast about an article written by Martha Pryt in the Sharon Herald in January 2007
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Greenville Steel Car Company

By: Garrett & Tony

Greenville Steel Car Company made railroad cars. Below are some pictures of some of the railroad cars they made. The railroad cars were built to haul different types of things. For example one of them hauled big logs. Trinity eventually bought the land Greenville Steel Car Co. built the railroad cars on.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Project S.C.A.T. Flyers

Trinity Allowed to Inspect Plant Site

Article By: Monica Pryts
Date: January 22, 2008
Name of Newspaper: Sharon Herald
Summary By: Kristen L. & Destiny W.

Commerce Park of Greenville has been ordered to allow Trinity Industries to enter & inspect the former railcar site for hazardous waste. Judge Arthur J. Schwab of U.S. District Court of Pittsburgh. On Jan. 3, he granted Trinity’s motion to access the property which Commerce Park bought in 2004. Commerce Park is being sued by Trinity. They refused to give Trinity permission to enter the property. The Park asked the court to deny Trinity’s request. The court order said (quote) no later than Feb. 1st Commerce Park should allow Trinity’s environmental consultants to enter the property at 60 Union St.

Trinity Deal Spreads Money Around Town

The Herald Newspaper
Trinity deal spreads money around town
By: Monica Pryts
Published: February 21, 2007
Summary by Paige
This article states that the state Attorney General’s Office handed out more than $50,000 to local organizations. This was part of the settlement with Trinity. Trinity and the state Attorney General’s Office reached a plea agreement on Dec. 21. Trinity pleaded no contest (no contest pleas in Pennsylvania are considered guilty pleas.) to five misdemeanor charges. Trinity was also ordered to pay a $200,000 fine. Trinity paid this fine to Pennsylvania Solid Waste Abatement fund. They also had to pay $52,502 to the state Department of Environmental Protection. To find out more go to…

Trinity Sues New Owner of Plant Site

Newspaper: The Sharon Herald
Date Written: 1/18/08
Author: Monica Pryts
Website found at:

Commerce Park is being sued by Trinity for help in the clean up of its former plant. Commerce Park bought the north plant in 2004 planning to transform the plant for multi-tenant use. In 2006, Trinity was charged by the state Attorney General’s office for illegally dumping waste at the site. Trinity was ordered to clean up and pay a fine of $254,502 and contribute $50,000 to nonprofit organizations. Trinity claims that Commerce Park is also responsible for releasing asbestos by destroying the buildings on the property. William E. Marsteller was the defendant of which Trinity claimed had affairs that have been intertwined with Commerce Park. Go to the website at the top of the page to find out more.


Written by: Freda Tarbell on 12/21/06
Summarized by: By: Garrett & Colton

Trinity was sent to court. They lost because they dumped hazardous illegal chemicals behind the south plant on the baseball field. They had to pay 50,000 dollars to the state’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund, and they had to pay 300,000 dollars in fines. Trinity went into a plea agreement with the state Attorney General’s Office. For more info go to:

Trinity Employee Pleads Guilty to Allowing the Dumping of Hazardous Waste

Published in the Sharon Herald on October 31, 2006
Written by: Monica Pryts
Summarized by: Dakota and Nick W.

Trinity employee pleads guilty to allowing the dumping of hazardous waste. A former maintenance supervisor for Trinity Industries Inc. pleaded no contest Tuesday to allowing illegal dumping of hazardous waste at the company’s former Greenville rail car plant. John H. Bindas is charged on March 31 by the state Attorney General’s office with three felony counts. Bindas pleaded no contest to one count of unlawful management during a plea hearing with Mercer County. The rest of the charges against Bindas were dismissed by the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General’s office recommended Bindas to pay $1,000 fine and be one sentenced to one year of probation. To read the whole article go to:

Trinity Industries Wants to Inspect Site for Hazardous Waste

Published in the The Herald on January 4, 2008
Written by: Monica Pryts
Summarized by: Tony and Dylan
Trinity Industries Inc. wants to inspect for hazardous materials but the current property owner refused to give them permission. Commerce Park of Greenville Inc. owns the land and has been sued by Trinity. In early 2006 Trinity was charged by the state attorney general’s office for dumping hazardous waste at 60 Union Street. In 2004 Commerce Park bought Trinity’s North Plant and they have been demolishing buildings and structures on the property. To read the entire article go to:

Greenville Mayor Wants Hefty Fines Imposed for Mess

Published in The Herald Newspaper on January 2, 2008
Written By: Monica Pryts
Summarized by: Casey and Taylor

Mayor Richard Miller wants Greenville Commerce Park to pay hefty fines for cleaning up the Trinity site. Greenville Commerce Park bought the property in 2004. They have been since demolishing buildings and structures. They have been leaving scrapes of junk lying around. The fine for violating is $600. Miller proposed raising the price to $1000.00. Joe Joseph, the borough’s solicitor said Pangas would have to tell Commerce Park he will be investigating property for possible violations. Greenville Commerce Park will then have 30 days to remedy the situation if it doesn’t comply, Pangas could issue citations. It would be up to court to see if a fine should be assessed and if the fine should be increased. Council will vote on Tuesday.
For more information on this, go to

Trinity Invests in its Romanian Factory

Published by: International Railway Journal
Written by: Timothy Wallace in January 2001
Summarized by: Paige

This article tells about how Trinity was aiming to expand its presence in Europe. Trinity was cutting back manufacturing of freight wagons in the United States, and they were increasing the number in Europe. The company had already purchased a 70% stake in Astra Vagoane Arad, Romania. Also, it tells about what Trinity's main motive was which was to potentially construct freight vehicles more cheaply while still meeting the required quality and safety standards in both Europe and the USA. You can read more by going to the following site:

Trinity Accused of Illegal Dumping

Article summarized by: Paige, Halie, and Sarah
Published in The Herald: March 31, 2006
Written By: Mike Roknick

This article is about Trinity dumping illegal waste. Trinity Industries and one of its employees were charged by the state Attorney General's office. They were charged because they were dumping and transporting hazardous waste without a license. Each of the counts is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison along with fines of up to $100,000 a day for every violation. You can find all this and more at:

Friday, February 15, 2008

Trinity Task Force Meeting Scheduled

An email to Mrs. Abernethy from Attorney Dan Wallace:

We have scheduled our first meeting for this Tuesday, 2/19/08 at 7:00 p.m. in the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce's Boardroom. You and your class are very much welcome to attend. Mayor Miller and Stacy Walberg, the current Chamber President, will be there for sure. Tomorrow, I will be calling the folks who have expressed an interest since my letter to the editor was published. I have not yet checked out the blog and wikispace, but I will. I promise. Thank you.

Dan Wallace's Letter to the Editor

Task Force Trinity North looking for concerned citizens By: Daniel P. Wallace
A letter to the Editor
Summary of his letter by: Ben and Robb
Published in the Record-Argus: Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Would you like to learn a little more about the Task Force Trinity North and the Trinity Sites? Here’s where you can find that information. First off, the article about Trinity and the Task Force in the Jan. 24, 2008 stated that the clean up at the Trinity sites wouldn’t be completed until 2009. Dan Wallace stated that he heard the clean up wouldn’t begin until 2009. Secondly, the Task Force can’t do anything about Trinity South because it is still owned by Trinity. Trinity hired an environmental firm in New Jersey to perform remediation. Why New Jersey? Don’t you think it would be more sensible to get an environmental firm in Pennsylvania a little closer to the site? That’s all for now. See Ya.

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Trinity Task Force

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Project Logos

Please view the logos below and choose your favorite. You may just choose the Project S.C.A.T. logo!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Our Parts in the Project

Read about our parts in the project.

By: Dylan
My group and I are doing a project named S.C.A.T. for Project S.C.A.T. I am doing Trinity Industries. The information so far on it is that we have websites and reasons why they're there. We also have pictures on the website. So that is what we have so far!

By: Halie
My friend Sarah and I are interviewing people about Project S.C.A.T. Project S.C.A.T. means project stop contamination at trinity. We are going to interview people like Sarah's dad, and Marie's dad. Those are just two people. There are six. For our group, we have our own wikispace. On our wikispace, we are putting the answers we get from interviews we do.

By: Colton
Hi I'm Colton. My group and I are working on Trinity Industries. We are researching what they do and make. They made railroad cars in Greenville. They painted the cars with cancer causing chemicals. Then it went into the ground. Trinity is in Texas now. I hope they start doing something about cleaning up the mess they left here in Greenville.

By: Kristen
For Project S.C.A.T my group is doing Chemicals, which means that we have to research the chemicals Trinity used, and explain in our own words what they are. For example we researched asbestos. It explained that if you inhale asbestos you would have a possibility of getting Asbestosis which is a really bad type of cancer. This is what Marie , Nick B., Robb and I are doing to help Project S.C.A.T.

By: Destiny
For project S.C.A.T. my group is researching the history of Trinity. This includes the previous owners of Trinity, and what was there before. That is what we are doing for project S.C.A.T.

By: Taylor
Hello I'm Taylor. My group is History of the Property. What we do is we find out who the previous owners were, who owns it now and stuff like that. In my group is Casey, Destiny and I. If you want some more information about Project S.C.A.T and the History of the Property then go to Thats all for now!

By: Casey
Hi! I'm Casey. My group is doi
ng the History of the Property at Trinity. We research about what was there before Trinity, did they use wastes, and much more. Empire Car was there before Trinity and so was Greenville Steel Car. Greenville Steel Car made steel cars for railroads. Then, they sold it to Trinity in 1990.

By: Ben
Hi! My name is Ben and I'm participating in Project S.C.A.T. I'm in the "future" group. We are finding out the Negative and Positive Outcomes of the Trinity sites. The Negative Outcomes are what will happen if the sites aren't cleaned up. The Positive Outcomes are what happens if the Trinity sites are cleaned up. The different subjects in our group are nature, chemical, and community. That's all for now! See Ya!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Sales Agreement

Originally uploaded by cyberchickens
Trinity Industries sells the property to Commerce Park.

Sales Agreement

Originally uploaded by cyberchickens
"as is, where is, with all faults"

Sales Agreement

Originally uploaded by cyberchickens
Read the clause in this sales agreement between Trinity and Commerce Park.

Monday, January 28, 2008

What is Project S.C.A.T.?

IN OUR OWN WORDS - What is Project S.C.A.T.?
Please read the following entries and comment below. Please tell us which passage explains the project best, and we will post it on the front page of our wiki. Thank you!

By: Amanda
In my thoughts Project S.C.A.T. is a solution to solving our town's problem with Trinity. If you happen to not know what Trinity is, it is a Texas based company that polluted, got caught and left. Although Trinity found selling the plant a quick fix, it was not. Trinity was caught and fined. Although they were ordered to clean the ground, they got lucky. A company bought the land and scrapped the place. Trinity no longer owned the ground. Trinity took action by suing Commerce Park, and now two years later nothing is done.

By: Nick B
Hi! I'm Nick. I am going to tell you about our Project S.C.A.T. I bet you are wondering what S.C.A.T means. Project S.C.A.T means Stop Contamination at Trinity. We are trying to get Trinity to clean up the area. They used to make steel cars. Trinity used all kinds of chemicals like asbestos. Commerce Park bought Trinity. They did a demolition. During the demolition, Commerce Park released hazardous materials. So we are trying to get them to clean up all the hazardous materials. Well that's all I am going to tell you. Bye!

By: Dylan
Hi. I'm going to tell you about Project S.C.A.T. Project S.C.A.T. is a project about Trinity. Project S.C.A.T. means Stop Contamination at Trinity. Also project S.C.A.T. is a thing that Mrs. A's class is dong. Project S.C.A.T. is a thing where we are trying to make Trinity cleanup contaminated waste.

By: Michaela
Project S.C.A.T. is a project that our class is doing for Trinity. S.C.A.T means stop contamination at Trinity. Trinity is a place where they used to make railroad cars. The place has a lot of chemicals that can cause cancer. The project is for people to clean up the lot. We are trying to get to get people to get it done. That is project S.C.A.T.

By: Halie
Project S.C.A.T. is a project that we named but the name is to long. It is really called project stop contamination at Trinity. So we are trying to get people to clean Trinity up. We get information off the internet. We also drew posters for the website. That is what project S.C.A.T. is!!!

By: Ashley
What is project S.C.A.T.? Project S.C.A.T. stands for Stop Contamination At Trinity. Our class is doing a project on Trinity. Trinity is a place that is filled with chemicals. Trinity used to be a train factory. Now Trinity has decayed and now they are tearing things down. It is a hazardous waste fill that people can get very sick from the chemicals. There are so many bad chemicals that can cause cancer. Trinity was sued for having hazardous chemicals on the property. They were sued by Commerce Park and Commerce Park said, they were nor aloud to go on Trinity. So if they're not aloud to go on the property how are they going to clean it up?

By: Colton
Hi I'm Colton and I am going to explain a little bit about Project S.C.A.T. S.C.A.T. stands for stop contamination at trinity. We are trying to speed up the process so they can clean it up faster. I hope they start cleaning soon, so we do not have to worry about it. I hope you understand more about project S.C.A.T. BYE!

By: Nick W.
When I heard of Project Lemonade, we started Project S.C.A.T which stands for stop contamination at Trinity. Trinity was a train car factory. Chemicals and oils from the machines went into the ground. Then Commerce Park bought the site from Trinity. They knocked the buildings down and asbestos went into the ground and now there's just a bunch of waste in the ground. Good Bye.

By: Casey
Project S.C.A.T. is for Project Lemonade. We chose to do it on Trinity. We were supposed to pick something wrong in our town and then try to fix it. We named it Project S.C.A.T. Stop Contamination at Trinity. Trinity is a company that made train parts. Trinity sold the proper to Commerce Park. Their buildings had hazardous waste. When they knocked down the buildings, the waste was put in the ground. Trinity piled it with more dirt. They ran off to Texas thinking no one would notice. The noticed and went to court several times. They haven't started to clean it up. So we are trying to get them to clean it up.

By: Paige
What is Project S.C.A.T. you ask? Well first off, Project S.C.A.T. does not actually mean "scat." It means (or stands for) Stop Contamination at Trinity. Second, Trinity is a place near our school where they used to build trains. They also painted trains there. Inside the paint were chemicals that are very harmful. We are trying to get Trinity and Commerce Park to come to an agreement and clean it up. Third, Commerce Park bought Trinity. Trinity had to go to court because they put harmful chemicals in the ground. Trinity was told to clean it all up and dispose of the chemicals properly. Guess what else! Commerce Park won't allow Trinity to come on the land to check how dangerous the chemicals are. It may just be me, but I think that's a little childish. Trinity was trying to cooperate. Anyway, that was solved a few days ago. Lastly, you should know we are not the only ones who want this thing to be over with. There are a group of Greenvillers that also want this. We hope to talk to them and get their point of view. We also hope by the time we are done, this whole thing will be solved, and Trinity will get cleaned up. If you want more information, you can click on the link on the side for Project S.C.A.T. wikispace.

By: Jessica
Project S.C.A.T. is a bunch of students trying to get people to clean up Trinity. We're trying to get people to clean up Trinity because it's killing things. Trinity has toxic stuff. Trinity (the company) is now in Texas, but Trinity the place is not a fun place to be. So that is what Project S.C.A.T. is.

By: Robb
Hi I am Robb. I am going to tell you about Project S.C.A.T. Project S.C.A.T. stands for Stop Contamination at Trinity. You are probably wondering what Is Trinity? Well, Trinity is a company that made steel train cars. Trinity sold the property to a park and now the park is knocking down buildings that were there when Trinity owned the property. What is wrong with knocking down the buildings is that there are cancer causing chemicals inside of them. When they knock down the building they are releasing the chemicals that were inside the buildings. Now Trinity is going to court with The park to see who will clean up the mess at the property.

Project S.C.A.T. [Stop Con
tamination At Trinity] is what our class is doing for Project Lemonade. Our school is right down the road from Trinity, an abandoned train factory that dumped hazardous wastes all over the land. They are in trouble with the law, but they are dragging their feet about cleaning it up. We are joining a group of people to convince th owners to clean it up. Go to our website, Then hit Project Trinity for more info.

By: Nick H.
Project S.C.A.T. is the name for stop contamination at Trinity. What we do is research Trinity and hope they can clean it up
faster. Some of the topics are chemicals, future of the site, history, and people. We can print or write information.

By: Devin
Project S.C.A.T is a project that was formed to help clean the wastes that were left from the Trinity site. The Cyber Chickens were the first to form project S.C.A.T. We formed it because of Alex's Lemonade Stand which was a project formed
by Alex to help stop cancer by raising money. The main idea of all the projects some people are doing is to help raise money or awareness to help stop problems in their town. We hope you support project S.C.A.T!

By: Brant
Project S.C.A.T is the project that we are doing for Project Lemonade. It stands for Stop Contamination At Trinity. The goal is to get pe
ople to make Trinity and Commerce Park clean up all the chemicals at the North Plant. We are first going to research a couple of different subjects about Trinity. They are the court cases, the toxic wastes and chemicals they dumped, the history of North Park and the future of what could happen. Then we will make a plan to speed up the clean up at Trinity and put it into action.

By: Seth
Project S.C.A.T. (stop contamination at trinity) is our name for trinity to clean itself up, and to stop arguing. We are helping trinity clean up ev
erything they did. We are getting as many people as possible to help us. We are also mad at Commerce Park for arguing with trinity. Thanks for paying attention to me.

By: Dakota
Project S.C.A.T. is to
help trinity clean up the chemicals. S.C.A.T. means Stop Contamination At Trinity. We are talking about Trinity Industries for Project Lemonade.

By: Garrett
Project S.C.A.T is a slogan to stop contamination at trinity. Maybe the word can get out. Also, maybe they will stop putting these chemicals into the air. If they don't, these chemicals will drift into the air and make people sick! Well, I hope you learned something about project S.C.A.T.

By: Kristen
Project S.C.A.T is a really big project to help the local North Plant Trinity in Greenville Pennsylvania. The reason we're doing this is because of Project Lemonade to help Alex Scott reach her dream in having people all around the world pitch in and help their community. Trinity is a very hazardous waste dump who is in court with Commerce Park the new owners. S.C.A.T. stands for stop contamination at Trinity. For
more information please go to the Cyber Chicken website at and then go to our wikispaces until you find Trinity and then click on that.

By: Jing
Project S.C.A.T. is a project that Mrs. Abernethy's class did, because of "Project Lemonade." S.C.A.T. stands for "Stop Contamination At Trinity." Trinity is a big poisonous factory that has let out asbestos. W
e, Mrs. Abernethy's class, are trying to clean it up and help out the community, so it doesn't poison any more of the surroundings.

By: Taylor
Hi I'm Taylor and I'm going to explain to you what proje
ct S.C.A.T is. Project S.C.A.T is something to help the environment. There is a place called Trinity. It has cancer causing chemicals in the plant. The place we are researching is the North Plant. Also S.C.A.T stands for Stop Contamination at Trinity. Trinity is very dangerous and if you step on the property you have a chance of getting cancer. We are researching various things such as history, chemicals, and records. Thanks for reading about Trinity!!

By: Tony

Project S.C.A.T is a thing where Mrs. A's Cyber Chickens are trying to fix a place that is toxic and used to build steel cars. Now it is broken down and is very deadly and toxic. And we're going to try and make people fix it. Wish us luck Bye!!! Also S.C.A.T stands for stop contamination at Trinity.

Hi! I'm Ben. Project S.C.A.T stands for Stop-Contamination-At-Trinity. Trinity is a place that is contaminated with toxic waste. The chemicals that are there are asbestos and xylene. The asbestos was in the buildings and the xylene was in the paint for the railroad cars that were made there. The Cyber Chickens are trying to get Trinity cleaned up so it won't harm the community in the future.

Project S.C.A.T. is our problem for project Lemonade. What does Project S.C.A.T. stand for? I'm glad you asked. It stands for Stop Contamination At Trinity. Trinity is a place in Greenville Pennsylvania by our school that is very unhealthy. People used to work there and make railroad cars, but the company realeased chemicals and they are so bad for the community. So our class is trying to get them to clean it up. We're going to be reasearching and writing letters all through our project. We want our community clean.

Project S.C.A.T. is a very big project that we are trying to do with Trinity. S.C.A.T. stands for Stop Contamination At Trinity. What we are trying to do with Trinity is we are trying to get the workers to get a move on cleaning it up. Trinity has very many very terrible chemicals in it. The chemicals can cause stuff like cancer. Well that is what project S.C.A.T. is! Thank you for reading!

Help Us Choose a Theme Picture

Please help us choose a theme picture. We will post this as our theme poster on our wikispace. Vote by leaving a comment below.

Our Project Gets a Name

Today we chose a name for our project. It will be called Project S.C.A.T. (Stop Contamination at Trinity.)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Project Trinity Cleanup

We are a fifth grade class in Greenville, Pennsylvania, and we want to make a difference in our community. Neighboring our school is a hazardous waste site, and we want it cleaned up. For the past few weeks we have been researching the problem and gathering information. This problem is big! From big corporations to scandals to court cases and more. We have started a wikispace page where we will be providing all of the evidence we have gathered. Follow us on this great venture to make a difference in Greenville!